Penola House is a place of welcome and friendship for refugees and their families.
There is social interaction, faith, skill sharing and lots of fun.
Why is our centre called Penola House?
Father Julian Tenison Woods and Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint started a school at Penola in South Australia in 1866. Consequently we remember the small begininnings of the stable in Penola as we carry on the work of Mary MacKilop and The Sisters of St Joseph who support Penola House in Newcastle.
Sister Elizabeth Brown RSJ (aka: Sister Betty Brown), Co-ordinator of Penola House, Josephite Refugee Support Network, Newcastle, NSW.
Sister Diana Santleben (aka: Sister Di), Secretary of Penola House, Josephite Refugee Support Network, Newcastle, NSW.
Featured commet from Johanne Parent
I would like to say hello to Sister Betty.
I was a volunteer at the Penola house for 8 months. I enjoyed being part of the sewing activity on Tuesdays. I met friendly and generous ladies from all over the world. I came back to Canada in May 2009. I am happy to be back in my home town but I miss Australia and its welcoming citiziens. I’ll never forget this wonderful experience .
Thank you again